The City Palace was built in 1793 A.D. by Raja Bakhtawar Singh. It
represents a intermingling of Rajput and Mughal stvles. It has
graceful marble pavilions set on lotus flower bases in the
Once this palace was part of the Maharajas ornate lifestyle and
housed, among other things, a drinking cup cut out of a single
emerald in its treasury and a mammoth, double storied
four-elephant carriage in its stables.
Today however the palaces has been converted into the district's
collectorate, and its hall and chambers have a been turned into
This huge fort with its ramparts stretching 5 km from east to
west, stands 304 meters above the city and 595 meters above the
sea level, constructed before the rise of the Mughal empire .Babar
had spent a night at this fort and took away the hidden
treasures to gift to his son, Humayun.
Akbar's son, Jahangir had also stayed here for some time during
his exile. The place where he stayed is called Salim Mahal.
Maharaja Pratap Singh in 1775 A.D finally annexed the fort. It
is a forbidding structure with 15 large and 51 small towers and
446 openings for musketry, along with 8 huge towers encompassing
The fort has several gates - Jai Pol, Suraj Pol, Laxman
Pol,Chand Pol, Kishan Pol and Andheri Gate.City Palace, Alwar
Travel Vacations Also there are remains of Jal Mahal, Nikumbh
Mahal, Salim Sagar, Suraj Kund and many temples.
The Museum :
The palace Museum has a wonderful collection of exhibits of the
personal wealth of the Maharajas of Alwar and some rare
manuscripts including an illustrated Mahabharata on a 200
-foot-long scroll, Others prize pieces here after illustrated
manuscripts of GULISTAN, SHAH NAMA, and on EMPEROR Babur's life.
There are also some fine RAGAMALA paintings and miniatures from
the Alwar, Bundi, and Mughal school it has an armory section,
which has some historic swords belonging to the likes of Sultan
Muhammad Ghori, Emperor Akbar and Aurangzeb.
Most alluring attraction in this palace complex is the
exquisitely carved Durbar hall, which welcomes the visitors to
this former citadel of Alwar kings. This pretty hall encompasses
a small room, which exhibits marvelous frescos and it should be
borne in mind that special permission from the present king is
necessary to have a glimpse of that rare artwork. Another
fabulous spot in this lovely palace is the Women’s chamber,
which is also exquisitely carved. Built by Raja Vinay Singh,
this former royal residence of the Alwar rulers stood as a
reminiscent of its past glory.
Location: Nestled between the small ranges of Aravali
Highlights: City Palace, Government Museum, Alwar Fort,
Fateh Ganj Tomb
Best Time to Visit: September to March
How to Reach: The airport at Jaipur is closest to Alwar.
The place has its own railway station and is also easily
accessible by roads.